With only 6% of the remaining number of IPv4 addresses available in the global pool, interest in how to effectively migrate networks to IPv6 is steadily growing. Last Friday June 11, John Chambers addressed the third annual Google IPv6 Implementation conference, which was opened by Vint Cerf in Mountain View. John outlined Cisco’s longstanding commitment to helping customers address this issue and build effective plans for migration.
In 2007, Cisco Distinguished Engineer Mark Townsley first issued a challenge to this IPv6 community to eat its own dog food in its own conferences and so, appropriately enough John’s video contribution to the conference was indeed streamed over IPv6:
Clearly IPv4 exhaust is on the horizon, but Cisco sees IPv4 and IPv6 coexisting for quite some time. There are many variables involved, on the social, geographical, and even regional level that are affecting the speed with which customers are approaching the question.
IPv6 is a new IP protocol mandated by the federal government for compliance across all organizations, It is designed to replace IPv4, the Internet protocol currently deployed and used most extensively throughout the world.
The benefits of IPv6 include:
- Simplified packet header for routing efficiency
- Mandatory IP Security (IPSec) implementation for all IPv6 devices
- Improved support for mobile IP and mobile computing devices
- Enhanced multicast support with increased addresses and efficient mechanisms
Cisco has been actively engaged in running IPv6 deployment councils for the last 2 years to provide ‘customer to customer’ forums to encourage discussion about the issue and to nurture an environment where customers can share their ideas and experiences.
Please visit Cisco’s IPv6 page to learn more.